Mongabay welcomes two new staff members

This year Mongabay is formally launching a Spanish-language initiative, Mongabay-Latin America (Mongabay-Latam). By the end of 2016 we will have daily Spanish environmental news reporting in a dozen countries across Central and South America.


MariaIsabel Torres

This exciting growth requires additional resources. Accordingly, we’re pleased to announce that MariaIsabel Torres has joined our team as Program Manager for Mongabay-Latam and Milton Antonio López Tarabochia as Mongabay-Latam’s first full-time Staff Writer.

MariaIsabel lives in Peru and comes to us with ten years of experience as an investigative journalist in politics and economics for both mainstream and online media outlets. She has gained a lot of valuable experience through working for the public sector and was part of the team that is responsible for organizing the COP 20 in Lima. She specializes in environmental issues such as climate change negotiations and illegal mining in the rainforest. As Program Manager, MariaIsabel will oversee and manage the operations of for Mongabay-Latam.


Milton Antonio López Tarabochia

As a full-time Staff Writer, Milton will be producing original daily content about environmental issues — especially those related to forests, wildlife, land use, and conservation for

Mongabay-Latin America. Milton brings with him to Mongabay his varied experience in the journalism field, specializing in social conflicts, human rights and environmental issues. He was nominated for the National Journalism Award of the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) and was the recipient of Telefonica Foundation’s 2013 Etecom prize.

While all stories written under the Mongabay- Latam initiative will be produced in Spanish, some will also be translated or summarized in English for the main web site, in order to reach an international audience. Mongabay-Latam strives to be a leading news source in Latin America that informs civil society, policymakers, and the general public on land-use change, biodiversity, natural ecosystems, forest-related issues, and local livelihoods, among other topics.

“We are looking forward to expanding Mongabay’s Spanish language coverage of environmental and conservation news in Latin America,” said Mongabay Founder and CEO, Rhett A. Butler. “Milton and MariaIsabel are great additions to the Mongabay team and we’re happy to have them assisting us with this new initiative.”